to Deserving Runner During Gore-Tex
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
BY DAVID BLOCK
PHILADELPHIA, PA--The elite runners biggest struggles can range from failing to set a new course record, to failing to rack up wins. Then there are those runners who struggle just to put one foot in front of the other.
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon recognizes such individuals. Since 2010, one special marathon entrant received the Mayors High Five Award. Marathon weekend was Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23, 2014.
The Mayors High Five Award recognizes a runner whose pre-race journey to the starting line is as much of a victory as crossing the finish.
Joshua Schrier of Blue Bell, PA was the 2014 High Five Recipient.
Joshua ran the marathon last year and was then diagnosed with a brain tumor, said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter in an exclusive interview with this Runners Gazette writer. Now hes back.
I felt honored to receive the award, said Schrier.
I wrote a letter [to the decision makers] nominating him, said Joshuas wife Kimberly. I wasnt sure if he would win or not, but his story was compelling.
According to Randy Giancaterino, spokesman for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, usually about 40 people vie for the award.
Joshua Schrier will never forget the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon.
I had a terrible headache, said Schrier. I never had a headache like that before.
While warming up to run the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon, the back of his head ached severely when he tried to touch his toes. Thats how I knew something was wrong, said Schrier.
His marathon time was slower than 4 hours and 30 minutes,
but that was not his key concern. It was his headache.
We recognize people with the challenge and give them an extra boost, said Mayor Nutter.
The 2013 Mayors High Five recipient was John Ciccone of Philadelphia. From the age of 16 to 23, Ciccone suffered from the mood disorder Bipolar. He took two medications: Lithiam and Abilify.
I was 75 pounds overweight, said Ciccone. I was drinking and doing drugs.
He decided to turn his life around. After staying clean and sober for a year, his psychiatrist took him off his medication.
Ciccone began running and that improved his life.
At the 2014 GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, Ciccone clocked 3:00:33 (net time - gun time 3:00:57).
In the Mens field of the Philadelphia Marathon, Dan Vassallo won with a 2:17:27 posting.
Leonora Petrina was the first woman finisher, 2:39:59.02.
I never ran a marathon before, said Petrina, 32. She ran shorter races, and was getting slower. It was time to move up to the marathon, said Petrina.
1. Dan Vassallo 2:17:27.80 $3,500.00
2. Birhanu Dare Kemel 2:17:51.85 $2,000.00
3. Abiyot Endale 2:18:45.06 $1,000.00
4. Christopher Zablocki 2:19:19.89 $750.00
5. Philippe Viau-Dupuis 2:20:41.32 $500.00
1. Leonora Petrina 2:39:59.02 $3,500.00
1. Kiprono Kurgat 1:03:58.70 $2,500.00
1. Etaferahu Temesgen 1:12:49.08 $2,500.00
2. Maegan Krifchin 1:12:56.16 $1,000.00
3. Susan Jerotich 1:14:43.90 $500.00
4. Hannah Davidson 1:15:03.97 $350.00
5. Rachel Schneider 1:17:03.32 $250.00
1. Jim Spisak 23:40.26 $1,000.00
2. Diriba Degefa Yigezu 23:40.62 $500.00
3. Cameron Marantz 23:51.01 $250.00
4. Owen Dawson 23:55.63 $150.00.
5. Rachid Ezzouniou 24:02.79 $100.00
1. Alice Kamunya 26:20.51 $1,000.00
2. Kerri Gallagher 26:25.55 $500.00
3. Etaferahu Temesgen 26:30.17 $250.00
4. Jane Murage 26:54.82 $150.00
5. Sophy Jepchirchir 27:44.69 $100.00